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September 27, 2021
Ithaca, NY | 76°F

Opinion

Commentary: SGC President welcome letter to the student body

Welcome Back, Ithaca College! The Student Governance Council (SGC) is thrilled to see our campus return to its vibrant nature, filled with smiling students, faculty and staff. The SGC is filled with excitement looking at the academic year ahead of us — a time to re-write the “norm,” enhance the student experience and foster a sense of community more true than ever.

The SGC is the sole studentgoverning body for Ithaca College. We are made up of eager students who want to make IC the best place it can possibly be. We have an executive board — which many of you voted for last semester — and a handful of senators (who are also voted in) to represent different groups on campus. We meet regularly from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday nights in the Taughannock Falls room on the third floor of the Campus Center. We also have an office in the Student Activities Center, which is also found on the third floor of the Campus Center.

The current SGC executive board, of which I serve as president, campaigned to revive our campus as a community of wonderful individuals who long to belong again. This, as we are all aware, will not be an easy task. Luckily, our executive board is composed of some incredibly intelligent and tenacious individuals who have the best interests of IC in their hearts and I’m incredibly happy with the direction we’re headed. As a team, we’ve come into this academic year prepared to make the best decisions for our student body — and that means all our students. We want to hear from all of you regarding what you wish to change at Ithaca College. While we can’t promise everything will change, or that it will change quickly, we can at least promise a listening ear and a flame that won’t die when we’re standing up for our students and what would make IC a better place for them.

Our executive board has spent much of our summer crafting a strategy for achieving our goal of revival. One of the ways we aim to accomplish this is through clear, concise and transparent communication with our student body and our Senior Leadership Team. Communication is the foundation of every relationship in our lives and we felt it is even more necessary when discussing the relationships built at Ithaca College between students and those who govern our institution. Clear communication leads to a sense of trust built by all parties involved, which is another cornerstone we are aiming to achieve through this academic year. We all know these past 18 months have been brutal for many of us as we try to navigate a sea of endless changes. We know trust can be a challenging thing to foster when so much change is upon us, but SGC is ready and committed to bringing trust back to our campus. Trust, communication and transparency are going to be key to reviving our campus.

In the meantime, we’d love to hear from you. Feel free to reach out to us at sgc@ithaca.edu or stop by our meetings, starting at 7 p.m. August 30 in the Taughannock Falls Room in the Campus Center. 

All the best,  

Deontae Guy

President of the Student Body

sgcpresident@ithaca.edu